Looking for a bilingual playgroup, drop-off playgroup or parent-accompanied playgroup near you? These baby groups let babies learn and explore while you meet other parents!
Whether you want to spend some quality time with your baby, meet other parents with similar-aged bubs or want to start their education at a young age, checking out a playgroup is your best bet. While the newborn phase can definitely feel like a bit of a sleep-deprived blur at times, soon enough you’ll be itching to get out of the house and do something more than just stare at your adorable munchkin on a play mat. From music and movement baby classes (even newborns like listening to songs!) to swimming and messy play, there are heaps of playgroups out there to stimulate babies – not exactly enrichment classes but bubs will develop in leaps and bounds in a nurturing, age-appropriate manner. We’ve included parent- and caretaker-accompanied playgroups, as well as drop-off infant care facilities for working parents to cover the full range of possibilities out there!
Our Fave Baby Classes & Playgroups in Singapore:
Little Forest: Creative Baby Playgroups
Playgroup for: 6 months to 3 years old (+ sports programmes for up to 12 years old)
Looking to immerse your little one in a fun, creative playgroup? Little Forest offers child-led creative programmes to help your child reach their greatest potential. Choose from a variety of programmes like bilingual playgroups to nurture your child’s love for language or perhaps enrol them in a cooking class to become the next Masterchef! Those who love the outdoors can try their hand at outdoor farming and learn how to grow their favourite fruits and veggies. For a holistic lifestyle, Little Forest also offers sports programmes for kids up to 12 years old so they can get meet new friends, get active and enjoy spending time outdoors (and away from the screen!). There are also plenty of signature holiday programmes for you to choose from like Little Farmers, Messy Bubs or Troopers Playdate. Little Forest’s play-based curriculum perfectly balances indoor and outdoor play to encourage the development of your child’s speech, psychomotor and social skills. Its gorgeous indoor play space even has a lounge for mums and dads to relax or work, while your little one is well-taken care of. As a side note, if you’re looking for a place to host your child’s birthday party, Little Forest offers a variety of birthday packages.
Waldorf Early Years: Parent & Baby Playgroups
Playgroup for: 2 months to 6 years old
Waldorf Early Years began when five mothers wanted to gather and give their little ones the opportunity to learn and mingle with fun and engaging activities suited to each playgroup. The experienced and friendly teachers adopt the Waldorf pedagogy and always aim to work closely with mums and dads to support each little one’s development. Waldorf Early Years offer three programmes and give kids a home away from home. Every Saturday (10am to 12pm), parents and their 18-month-old toddlers can drop in for the playgroup programme, where teachers will gather everyone for circle songs, rhymes and story time with puppets. Little ones will also have a safe space to learn through exploratory play with open-ended toys and get hands-on with daily activities like cutting fruit, laying the table and cleaning up – all meaningful tasks that will nurture the mind, heart and hands of these toddlers. Older tots can join the Tembusu programme (18 months to 2 years old), where they will learn how to prepare their own snacks and help serve their friends, while kids from aged 4 to 6 years old can join the Raintree programme with more formal learning that will get them ready for school.
Brainy Child Montessori Learning Centre Playgroups
Playgroup for: 17 months to 3 years old
Want your little one to learn independence? Brainy Child Montessori Learning Centre adopts the Montessori method and offers two types of playgroups for little ones. The weekday playgroup is a drop-off programme with bilingual or trilingual options that feature Montessori lessons to help your little one gain confidence and independence to learn how to do practical life activities all on their own! These lessons also feature engaging activities to teach phonics, math, science, language and other sensorial and practical life activities. If you’re looking for a playgroup that allows you to sit in with your child, then check out the 90-minute weekend playgroup, where you and kiddo will use Montessori materials to practice fine and gross motor skills, build concentration and spark curiosity. Each week, the teacher will focus on a different subject (phonics, math, sensorial science), along with storytelling, music & movement and art. The mum/dad & tot classes are $40 per lesson, and you don’t even need to sign up. Just register your interest, pay when you show up and enjoy a morning of fun together!
Open Doors Montessori: Baby Playgroups
Playgroup for: 2 months to 2 years old
The baby playgroups at Open Doors Montessori are led by experienced and qualified Montessori teachers who are passionate about guiding babies in their development and sharing their knowledge with parents. Thanks to all of the Montessori activities that you will learn in the weekly playgroup sessions, you will be equipped with creative ideas to help continue your little one’s learning and development at home. Set in a cosy and beautifully prepared environment, each baby playgroup is designed with a wide range of activities that are adapted to each development stage. From encouraging bub’s movement and communication to learning self-help skills, little ones who join this playgroup will have fun engaging in catchy songs and games. In this social setting babies will develop foundational social skills from a very young age that will help them make friends and learn to interact with people around them. Sign up for a trial lesson for $55 or a 7-session term from $420.
Creative Hearts: Music Playgroups
Playgroup for: babies of all ages
Bring the joy of music to your little ones! Creative Hearts runs programmes such as Musical Bubs (0 – 8 months) and Musical Babies (6 – 18 months) that are perfect for parents to bond with their babies while exposing them to music and movement. You and your babies will get to move and groove to interactive songs, jam out with percussion instruments, and take part in creative movement activities! If you’re looking to introduce a second language to your bubs, try the Bilingual Bubs Playgroup (12 – 30 months). The playgroup integrates English and Mandarin into its sensory play, art and craft, and story time activities. We know that raising a baby isn’t an easy feat – but you don’t have to do it alone! Calling all new mamas: check out the New Mums Music Circle – a great way to meet other mums with babies around the same age, while the babies themselves get to enjoy the music and experimental sensory experiences. Keep a look out for their other exciting programmes such as Experimental Music for Babies, Disney & Broadway concerts for babies, and CH@Home classes! Trial lessons start from $18.
Les Oliviers: Montessori Playgroup Singapore
Playgroup for: 2 months to 2 years
Les Oliviers’s Montessori, You & Me is an accompanied programme that welcomes babies and their caregivers to discover Montessori philosophy. Run by a Montessori-trained educator, the programme’s main goal is to provide little ones with a safe, beautiful and prepared environment. During playgroup hours, they’ll work with Montessori materials that aid in developing their fine and gross motor skills, concentration and curiosity. The caregiver – be it you or your helper – will get to spend quality time with bub, observe them in a state of development and see the approach at work first-hand.
Mosaic Play Academy: Parent-accompanied & Baby Playgroups
Playgroup for: 6 months to 6 years old
Mosaic Play Academy offers a parent-accompanied playgroup for 6 – 15 months, 16 – 24 months and a drop-off playgroup for kids 2 – 6 years old. There’s even a Mandarin playgroup. Playgroups are centred around the development of the whole child using a multi-sensory approach. Little ones will have a fun learning through hands-on, outdoor exploration and play which will foster a love for learning in the process. Children will be engaged in movement, dramatisation, open-ended free play and exercising their imagination. For parents who would like to engage their children with some afternoon activities, Mosaic Play Academy also has Kids Club – fun two-hour sessions (3 – 5pm) for 2 to 6-year-olds. There’ll be creative art, music & movement, play storytelling, nature play and other fun activities to keep children occupied.
The Music Scientist: Music Playgroup in Tampines
Playgroup for: 4 months to 8 years
At The Music Scientist, activities are entertaining and engaging not only for the children but for parents as well! Its fun-filled programme has different age-appropriate creative, thematic activities that change every month, which keeps kiddos excited and coming back for more. The playgroup incorporates Music and Sensory/Science activities and serves as a great bonding opportunity with your little one. Additionally, it helps build their confidence, develop musicality and motor skills, boost brain development through the stimulation of their multiple senses, cultivate curiosity and improve their attention span and social skills.
Special Learners: Bilingual Playgroup in Clementi
Playgroup for: 6 months to 3 years old
Looking for a play gym where your little one can meet new friends and grow in confidence? How about a bilingual playgroup where your child can be exposed to both English and Chinese? The holistic programme at Special Learners Gym and Art Preschool, specially curated by a professional occupation therapist, uses purposeful and sensory play to stimulate your child’s brain development and at the same time hone their physical coordination skills. The gym and imaginative play area are fully equipped for little learners to enjoy learning and build up their social confidence to be ready for preschool. Lessons are available in English and Chinese making this class a great one for parents who want to help their kids become bilingual from a young age. Call for a trial session at $35 for an hour.
AquaBambinos: Swimming Playgroup for Babies
Playgroup for: 6 to 35 months
Aqua Bambinos offers indoor swimming lessons (in 30ºC water no less!) for little ones from 6 to 35 months of age. Songs, toys and a healthy dose of fun are used in their parent-accompanied classes, where teachers focus on helping parents teach their babies about water safety and familiarisation.
Aquaducks: Swimming Playgroup for Babies
Playgroup for: 6 to 36 months
Introduce your tinies to the water with an AquaDucks parent-accompanied swim lesson. For babies from 6 months of age, their infant programme teaches little ones how to be comfortable in the water through playing games, singing songs and having fun! Light submersion is also practised once your baby is ready.
Beloved Bumps Playgroups for Babies
Playgroup for: Newborn to 12 months
Beloved Bumps does some fab postnatal courses that are great for mamas with newborns! The Mum & Dad Playgroups provide a safe space for new mums and dads to meet other parents and babies going through the same thing at the same time. It’s a great way to practice getting out of the house with the baby on your own and know that help is at the other end! Playgroups are led by a midwife, with scales available on hand to weigh babies. Meet other parents and babies and find your own support network!
BibiNogs: Bilingual Playgroups for Babies
Playgroup for: 9 months to 17 months
Specialising in bilingual and Chinese education, BibiNogs’ playground programme caters to young children in particular – with parent-accompanied playgroups starting from just 6 months. With a curriculum inspired by Multiple Intelligences Theory, each class incorporates various “intelligences”, including movement, music, linguistic, math and more.
Blue House’s Bukit Timah Playgroup
Playgroup for: 6 to 36 months
With a wide range of parent-accompanied playgroups, classes and drop-in sessions for children 6 to 36 months, Blue House is hands-down one of our very favourite playgroups for magical, enriching bonding time with your bubs. The absolutely stunning Atelier provides little ones with interactive, sensory-driven experiences, whether through storytelling, songs, musical instruments, or the creative use of materials and textures.
Centre Stage School of the Arts Baby Playgroups
Playgroup for: 6 to 3.5 years old
This fun-filled performing arts centre has a bunch of programmes perfect for tiny tots with energy to burn! Baby Stage (6 – 18 months) creative playgroups provide an opportunity for parents and caretakers to interact and learn with their youngsters in a stimulating environment, while their super popular Play Stage programme (1.5 – 3.5-year-olds) provides a fun and imaginative space for parents and toddlers to learn through drama, art and craft, music and movement, singing and wordplay. There are even ballet and tap classes for kids (from 2 years of age).
The Early Brain Academy: Playgroups in Marymount
Playgroup for: Newborn to 3 years
The Blooming Joy class at The Early Brain Academy (for expectant parents through 3 months of age) is all about providing sensory stimulation and also shows parents how to create a home environment that enhances and enriches brain development to foster physical and intellectual growth.
Joy Connections: Mandarin Playgroups
Playgroup for: 6 months to 7 years old
Taiwan’s top Mandarin early childhood program is now in Singapore! This award-winning Mandarin syllabus caters to kids 6 months to 7 years old. Kids will learn the language through music, movement, sensory activities and creative play, supplemented with high-quality songbooks and recordings available in their own mobile app to continue the language exposure at home. From 4 years old onwards, little ones are offered a specialisation in language streams (primary school preparation, including Hanyu Pinyin) or the chance to try the first-ever Mandarin immersion group piano classes in Singapore.
Julia Gabriel PlayNest: Drama & Music Playgroups
Playgroup for: 6 to 18 months
The Julia Gabriel playgroup is where little ones can first discover the joy of learning in a safe environment, developing social skills through meaningful interactions with caretakers, teachers and even puppets! With a specially-created Story Time and Music Time series, babies can stimulate their imagination and sense of wonder, while they build sensory abilities through arts and crafts and other hands-on discovery activities.
Juzmusic Academy: Music Playgroups in the East Coast
Playgroup for: Newborns and up
With an East Coast location, the brilliant Early Childhood playgroups at this popular music school employ a multi-sensory approach that involves singing, playing, moving, listening and watching. At such an early age, it’s all about giving babies and toddlers the confidence to experiment, improvise and create their own music. Suitable for babies as young as newborns, the Junior Discovery programme is based on the Suzuki ECE and Suzuki Method, utilizing everything from nursery rhymes to singing and percussion playing (might take your bub a few months to get a handle on that part of things!).
Kindermusik: Music Playgroups
Playgroup for: Newborn to 7 years old
The welcoming environment at the Kindermusik Village is perfect for new babies. Parent-accompanied playgroup classes start from birth and instil a love of music in little ones. Classes are hands-on and designed to promote bonding with your babe — expect creative movement, vocal play, object and instrument exploration in each class. Toddlers from 18 months of age can join one of their Our Time classes and learn music through song, sound imitation, rhyming and creative dancing.
The Little Gym: Gym Playgroups
Playgroup for: 4 months to 12 years old
The Little Gym has got you covered with learning activities for energetic babies! Their parent-accompanied developmental gymnastics class for babies from 4 months of age promotes movement and motor development with plenty of songs, ball play and group games – it’s all about having fun while learning here!
Little Paddington Preschool and Infant Care Playgroups
Playgroup for: 3 to 6 years old
Perfect for working mamas, this highly specialised bilingual programme for infants at Little Paddington’s two beautiful Infant Care facilities has a low staff-child ratio to ensure plenty of individual attention. Along the way, educators encourage language and sensorial development, and babies get plenty of play at both the beautiful indoor gym and the lovely outdoor playground. And did we mention the petting zoo, water play and dedicated picnic spots?
Marsden Swim School: Swimming Playgroups
Playgroup for: 4 months and up
One of the oldest and most reputable swim schools in Singapore, Marsden is highly sought-after by parents because the AUSTSWIM instructors do a great job motivating the kids at all levels — classes are small and the teachers are first-rate! The playgroups are all about getting little ones comfortable in the water through songs, games, and gentle splashing. Our own little ones adored their classes at Marsden and haven’t wanted to get out of the water since!
Mother & Child: Parent-accompanied Baby Playgroups
Playgroup for: Newborn and up
Practically a must-visit for parents-to-be and new mamas, Mother & Child offers all sorts of prenatal classes, newborn parenting classes, and drop-in well-baby clinics at its Tanglin location. You’ll also find first aid and infant massage classes for parents, helpers, and babies; yoga for pregnant women and new mamas; and postnatal classes for mamas and babies! And we haven’t even mentioned their legendary lactation specialists!
Mucky Pups: Parent-accompanied Music & Dance Playgroups
Playgroup for: Babies 5 to 14 months & toddlers aged 1 to 3 years old
This weekly 45-minute accompanied playgroup (parents and helpers both welcome!) is a super-fun creative outlet for little ones, with everything from circle time, to singing, dancing, storytime, games, and lots of awesome art projects. These playgroups with sensory and messy play are great for exploratory learning with bubbles, songs, and music. Conveniently held at different indoor playgrounds around Singapore, each playgroup session has a different theme. Mucky Pups is led by a former preschool teacher and trained artist. We love that the first playgroup is at an affordable trial price and reasonably priced at about $35 per class thereafter (with no long-term commitment; just pay as you go)!
My Gym: Music & Movement Playgroups
Playgroup for: 3 months and up
In these parent-accompanied classes, mamas and papas (and helpers) gently introduce babies to music and movement through exercises, songs, dances, infant-safe rides and even unique swings. This unique playgroup for the littlest MyGym students even includes a parent discussion with tips on babies’ physical development. Bonus points for super-enthusiastic teachers whom kiddos seem to universally adore.
Our Music Studio: Music Playgroups
Playgroup for: Newborn to 6 years
Musical Babes (0 – 1.5 years) and Rhythmic Tots (1.5 – 3 years) classes for mini musicians teach small ones about music through vocal play, creative movement and instrument exploration. Classes have plenty of time for dancing, singing and giggling and are a lovely way for mama and bubba to spend some quality time together learning about music.
Sunflower Baby House & Preschool: Baby Playgroups
Playgroup for: 2 months and up
Geared toward providing a safe, loving, stimulating, and emotionally nurturing environment for babies from 2 months onwards, Sunflower Baby House infant care allows littles to explore and discover with daily activities like both indoor and outdoor play, creative arts, sand and water play, music & movement, and rhymes and songs.
SWISH Swimming: Baby Playgroups
Playgroup for: 4 months and up
With two beautiful, purpose-built swimming pools (one indoor, one outdoor) in the lush surrounds of Dempsey Hill, SWISH offers babies and children a temperature-controlled, salt-chlorinated environment that is gentler on hair, skin and eyes. Parents and caregivers accompany little ones in the water through games, songs, and gentle activities that get bubs comfortable with the water and basics like putting their face underwater, blowing bubbles, and floating on their backs. Ultimately, babies are able to explore the water and extend their abilities en route to becoming competent, safety-conscious little swimmers!
Integrated International School Tea & Tots: Playgroups
Playgroup for: 8 to 18 months
Tea & Tots really takes playgroups to the next level with 75-minute sessions that are more structured than a typical play date at home. Circle time, magical stories, sensorial play, music & movement, and arts & crafts are all thoughtfully built into the adult-accompanied playgroup. Time will fly by as your wee ones get to safely exercise all their senses, including squishing little hands into sensory materials like paint, sand, clay and fabric, as well as looking at shimmering images, sorting through colourful shapes and listening to soothing music in the one-of-a-kind Ocean Snoezelen Room – a unique sensory room in Singapore. So that’s the tots sorted; as for the tea, caretakers are welcome to mingle and get play tips from teachers over energizing tea and biscuits!